At the 2016 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, UN Member States are expected to adopt a new declaration that will identify commitments and further actions to end AIDS by 2030. Parliamentarians have a key role to play in the implementation of global commitments at the national level insofar as they provide leadership, shape laws and policies, oversee government action and authorize financing for HIV/AIDS.
The event will be organized in close cooperation with UNAIDS and will build on UN General Assembly resolution 70/228, which expressly encourages Member States to include parliamentarians in their national delegations to the High Level Meeting.
The side event will provide legislators with the latest information on the issues to be discussed during the UN High Level Meeting. It will serve as a forum for the exchange of views and experiences on leadership towards ending AIDS as well as the role of parliamentarians, impact of laws and policies on the AIDS response and access to health commodities and services. The conclusions of the parliamentary meeting will be presented to the plenary of the High Level Meeting as part of the IPU statement.
The parliamentary meeting is open to all members of parliament and parliamentary staff who will be attending the High Level Meeting as part of their national delegations. Simultaneous interpreting services will be provided in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS
As is customary during meetings at United Nations Headquarters, security arrangements are very strict and no one may enter the United Nations premises without a special badge (for delegates and visitors). In keeping with normal practice, delegations and diplomatic missions in New York will be invited to attend to all matters relating to visas, UN Badges, hotel reservations and transportation. Participants must therefore request their badge from their country's permanent mission to the United Nations in New York.